An 18-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled ‘Hope Moves Forward’ was unveiled in Atlanta on Thursday, January 14, at the intersection of Northside Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The statue was created by world-renowned Jamaican-born sculptor and artist, Basil Watson, who was commissioned by the City of Atlanta in 2018 for the project after being selected from a pool of 80 applicants.
On January 4, 2021, the Town of East Hartford and the East Hartford Police Department welcomed Jamaican-born Officer Richard Henry, 41, as one of three new police officers at a ceremony held outside the East Hartford Public Safety Complex.
Officer Henry most recently worked for the New York City Police Department as a Traffic Agent and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of West Indies in Public Sector Management. He was a Police Officer in Jamaica before migrating to the United States.
Jamaican-American Kristen Clarke nominated for Assistant Attorney General in Civil Rights Division of the DOJ
Jamaican American civil rights lawyer, Kristen Clarke, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice.
Jamaican-born Founder and CEO of Lauren Simone Publishing House, Melissa-Sue John, PhD., has been awarded the 2020 ‘Buy From A Black Woman’ Award for Book and Paper Company of the Year by the Georgia-based nonprofit organization ‘Buy From A Black Woman,’ Inc.
In 2020, more than 40 candidates of Jamaican heritage ran for offices across the U.S. in both the primary and general elections. Most remarkable, was the election of Senator Kamala Harris, daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, who made history as the nation's first female Vice President-elect to the highest office. Here is the breakdown of the winners:
Election Day 2020 is finally here. With many seats up for grabs, here is a list of 16 candidates of Jamaican descent on ballots across the country.
U.S. VICE PRESIDENT
The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election and the first woman of color on a major party ticket.
Kingston, Jamaica: Jamaica's Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, is inviting Jamaicans at home and abroad to celebrate the Spirit of Independence with vibrant and creative displays of the national colors: black, green, and gold.
“The theme for the Independence celebration this year is ‘Resilient and Strong… Let’s Celebrate Jamaica 58’, because despite all that we are facing as a people, especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world, we still have our indomitable, ‘likkle but talawah’ Spirit. ” Minister Grange said.